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Basic Call to Consciouness
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2003
This collection of position papers from the Haudenosaunee does a lot more than outline the values and traditions of the People of the Longhouse. It comprises an historical assay of Western Civilization and a political manifesto for all people who would choose to end the legacy of colonialism. An ancient nation that has existed in peace in prosperity without recourse to laws and jails, the Haudenosaunee were the first to establish a league of "United Nations" to ensure peace, harmony and respect among disparate groups of people. Incidentally, it was their pact, the Iroquois Confederacy, which inspired the government of the United States of America. Of particular notice in this collection was the last paper, "A Basic Call to Consciousness," which succinctly outlines the original instructions given to the Haudenosaunee by the Creator of Life; the destructive processes which are eradicating their way of life and most life on the planet; and lastly the Haudenosaunee strategy for survival. Absolutely essential for anyone who wishes to better understand and change the oppressive, exploitive, and destructive traditions which drive Western Civilization, I cannot over recommend this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2007
This book is not just a book, it represents a call for the world to return to sanity and life. everyone must read this, must examine their conscience and decide how much they value life, nature, and the dignity of every human being. we cannot afford to keep moving toward the precipice of total destruction. a wise man once said that if one loses his way and is on a wrong path, turning back is progress. we must turn back, turn away from a path of death and devestation and untold human suffering to a path which embraces wholeness, wellness, and recognition of our connectedness to all living beings. this goes beyond any previous dichotomies be they political, religious or cultural. it is a question now of life or death. if we die, if we destroy life on earth, then what hope have we of transformation? in order to change and grow we must first survive, and survival depends upon the immediate cessation of the wholesale destruction of this Earth that is now going on...Indigenous Peoples of the world have the knowledge of life and sustainability. They are the Original Human Beings, and they represent our collective Humanity. the future is in their hands. modern man is totally insane and the path of western civilization has brought us to the edge of extinction. in order to heal we must first recognize in what peril we have placed ourselves. Indigenous Peoples would be justified in denying us their teachings, for we have violated everything that the Creator has given us to hold sacred. i beg Native American communities and Indigenous communities worldwide to forgive us and to share their Way of Living that we all might have a chance to survive. we have only our own lies and selfishness and corruption and the total sum of our injustices, to lose. we have a world out of balance to restore. join the forces of life, sustainability, connectedness, and respect. you are not really happy anyway. examine yourselves and see the sickness rotting away at your soul. break your hearts of stone and let them be turned to hearts of flesh, hearts which feel, hearts which can be truly human. this is my plea.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2004
The plea of the Hau de no sau nee Nations to the UN in 1977 that exposes the oppression of natives by civilization. The tone is amazingly candid, true, and determined. A good read despite poor editing.
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To read and reread this important book, one discovers a positive approach to governing, which if employed internationally would replace all outworn authoritarian models of government in vogue today. How can one estimate the power of such a statement to the world as a Basic Call To Consciousness, which is the implied reality behind the expression "Sleepers awake!" Although the latter expression has been distorted by groups such as Hitler's SS, to "awaken" the masses to their point of view of hatred and destruction. So to call it what it is renders it pure. A spiritual insight to create a government which heals rather than hinders our evolution. It should be taught in every school in America until it becomes the very fabric our our thinking. How much better than to base a rationalistic world view on the spew of Shout Radio Psychopaths.
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on April 7, 2013
This is a compelling work that brings out a sadness for the hardships the Haudenosaunee have gone through to remain in possession of their culture. It not only gives us some history we may not know but, gives suggestions for the future about how we could survive this destructive life style we live, particularly in the U.S. It gives us a little insight into their world view and how they were able to make a few things that they disliked people doing to them, funny. It's amazing how much hope and humor the speakers presented in this book were still able to carry with them when their people had gone through so much. I highly suggest this book as one to be read by as many people as possible. It's enlightening, inspiring, and brings with it hope for a solution to the cultural difficulties we face today.
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on February 13, 2014
A majority of Americans have now realized that we need to act with speed and energy to protect our planet and its ecosystems. The Native Americans who speak out in this book, and have spoken out for many years, have much to share about the insight, empathy, and responsible participation that we owe each other and the world around us. I've learned a great deal from this book, and hope that other readers come to treasure it as well.
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on October 30, 2010
I first read this over 30 years ago and was greatly impacted by the clarity of the message then. It has impacted me again. I have given out a few copies, I have a copy on my IPad for convienience and I will read it many times over in the future.
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on March 29, 2013
This book is a must for all those wanting to know about the Iroquois view of peace, unity, environmental responsibility and hopes for the future. This book is timeless. It is as important today as when it was written.
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on December 9, 2012
Great help in research I'm doing on the First Peoples of his land. Leaning things I was never fully aware of before.
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on March 1, 2015
Great condition.
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